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"Webster, a post-village in Webster township, Worcester co, Mass., on French River, and on the Norwich & Worcester Railroad, at the junction of two branches of the New York & New England Railroad, 16 miles S. of Worcester, and 58 miles W.S.W. of Boston. It has a national bank, a savings-bank, a newspaper office, 2 hotels, a foundry, and extensive manufactures of cotton and woollen goods and shoes. Pop. of the township in 1890, 7031."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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September 17, 1890

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A busy scene on Main Street

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Main Street, business section

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Negus Street

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Point Breeze, postmarked 1910

"Point Breeze, a lakeside resort, was purchased by Edgar Hill in 1897. The pavilion included a large dance hall."
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At Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagogg
chaubunagungamaugg, Webster, Mass.

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Post Office. Webster, Mass.

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Beacon Park Theatre, Webster, Mass.


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Boat Landing, Beacon Park, Webster, Mass.

"Beacon Park, a lakeside resort, was built by Edgar Hill. The three-story main building is pictured, as are some canoes. At the boat landing is a steam-powered excursion boat that would ferry passengers... Read MORE...

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Hotel DeWitt, Webster, Mass.

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Indian Inn, Webster, Mass.

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Point Pleasant, Webster, Mass.

"Point Pleasant offered summer cottages along the shores of the lake. Pictured at the entrance is a large arched sign welcoming visitors. Signage is also visible for the store and ice cream... Read MORE...

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A. J. Bates Shoe Factory. Webster, Mass.

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Joslin House and Hotel Maanexit, Webster, Mass.

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East Main St. Looking West, Webster, Mass.

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N.Y., N.H. & H. Railroad Station


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Soldiers Monument

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The Thompson School

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Main Street, showing C. P. Davis clothing store, 1905

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South Main Street, 1905

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Cambric Works, S. Slater & Sons, Inc., East Webster, Mass.

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East Webster Depot

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Lake from Sugar Loaf Hill

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Main Street, 1910


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Old Rock Castle School, Prospect Street

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Slater Woolen Mills

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Stevens Linen Mill

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1911 School St., Webster, MA

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1912 Ad. George Feige worked as an electrician for his nephew, Charles W. Bergmann.
(MA) - The Webster, Dudley and Oxford Directory 1912

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Filmer School

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Main Street

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Main Street Looking South, 1915


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Cottage, Bates Grove

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Larcher Branch Building

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The Slater Homestead, East Webster, Mass.

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Bartlett High School

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St. Louis Church

History and News of Webster, Massachusetts, USA

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  • Listening to Indians - Nipmuck - Part 1 (more can be found on youtube.com)


    Listening to Indians--History X (www.youtube.com)
  • Webster was first settled in 1713
    and was officially incorporated on March 6, 1832. The area forming the town had previously been divided among the town of Dudley, the town of Oxford a... Read MORE...

  • Iconic Images of Webster Massachusetts


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  • Jan 11, 1811 - Samuel Slater buys his first property in Webster.
    In 1811, in company with a young man named Bela Tiffany, Samuel Slater started a cotton factory at Oxford, now known as Webster. The property in 1817... Read MORE...

  • 1831 - Webster - Slater Mills
    ...By 1831 this plant (owned by Samuel Slater) had increased to six thousand spindles and ninety loom, one hundred and eighty hands employed, and fift... Read MORE...

  • 1832 - Webster set off from Oxford
    www.oxford300.com/ oxford_history.aspx
  • 1835 - Samuel Slater Dies in Webster
    ...During his later years, Mr. Slater spent the greater part of his time at Webster, where he died April 21, 1835, in his sixty-seventh year. Through ... Read MORE...

  • 37. WEBSTER. [Pop. 1,403. Inc. 1832.]
    This town was taken from Dudley and Oxford, and named in honor of Daniel Webster, the distinguished statesman of Massachusetts.

    Webster is ... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Webster
    This town was set off from Dudley and Oxford, and incorporated in 1832. it was named after the Hon. Daniel Webster. The surface of the town is rather ... Read MORE...

  • News  1858 - Shoe Business Flourishing
    The shoe business at Webster, Mass., has been in a very flourishing condition for the last few months, affording good wages and plenty of work for al... Read MORE...

  • News  1866 - Snake Prank
    In Webster, Mass., recently, some young man placed two small brown snakes in a kind of fancy paper basket, filled the opening with flowers so that the... Read MORE...

  • News  1878 - Large Fire At Webster, Mass.
    BOSTON, Feb. 12 - A fire broke out, this morning, in the calendering department of Samuel Slater & Sons' cambric works, at Webster, Mass., and entirel... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - Walked to Webster from California
    Warren B. Johnson, aged sixty-five years, who left California on foot June 1, 1882, with a horse, cow and dog, arrived at his home in Webster, Massach... Read MORE...

  • Webster Massachusetts, 1890
    "Webster lies in the southern part of Worcester County, 59 miles southwest of Boston, and 16 miles south of Worcester. French River washes its western... Read MORE...

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  • News  1900 - SUICIDE WAS 105 YEARS OLD.
    Last Survivor of Nipunk Tribe Sets Her House on Fire and Dies Rather then Go to the Poorhouse.

    WEBSTER, Mass., Jan. 7. Investigation of the causes ... Read MORE...

  • News  1901 - TROLLEY DEAL IN CONNECTICUT: New Haven Road Purchases the Webster and Worcester System.
    NEW HAVEN, Jan. 12 - The New Haven Road has just purchased through the People's Tramway Company of Danielson, Conn., the Webster and Worcester Street... Read MORE...

  • News  Wednesday, April 23, 1902 - Fire at Webster, Mass. - It Was so Hot That it Made the River Boil
    Webster, Mass. April 23 - John D. Putnam's box factory, adjacent to French river, burned last night. A large section of the factory fell into the riv... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Webster, a post-village in Webster township (town), Worcester co., Mass., on the French River and on the Boston and Albany and the New York, New Haven... Read MORE...

  • News  1920 - Webster, Mass., Mill Closes
    WEBSTER, Mass., Oct. 13 - The South Village Woolen and Worsted mill of the S. Slater & Sons, Inc., was closed indefinitely today, throwing out 2000 em... Read MORE...

  • 1929 - Wired for "Talkies"
    Oct. 9 - The Liberty Theatre in Webster, a silent movie venue for several years, is wired for 'talkies.' (oldewebster.com)
  • 1933 - New Restaurant Opens
    Dec. 4 - John Parker opens a restaurant at 217 Main St., Webster. The special is fruit cocktail, juice, or soup; relish, turkey, roast beef, or lamb, ... Read MORE...

  • 1940 - Railroad Abandoned
    April 11 - The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co. abandons its rail line from Webster to East Thompson, Conn. (oldewebster.com)
  • 1955 - WESO On the Air
    March 20 - Radio Station WESO goes on the air for a first time. Announcers and newscasters are Bob Binet, John Bunnewith, Joe Capillo, Esther Costa, B... Read MORE...

  • 1969 - Webster - New Year's Day Fire
  • 1972 - Commerce Insurance Company
    July 1 - Commerce Insurance Company opens for business at the corner of Lake and Main Streets. 14 families poll their finances and raise a total of $2... Read MORE...

  • News  Lake with 45-letter name has spelling errors - The central Mass. lake has one of the world's longest place names
    WEBSTER, Mass. — Officials have agreed to correct spelling errors in road signs pointing to a central Massachusetts lake with a 45-letter name.

    Lak... Read MORE...

  • "Let's Go Canoeing on Lake Chargoggagogg- manchauggagogg- chaubunagungamaugg"
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